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Master of Science in Chemistry

Course Description


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides graduate training through advanced courses, seminars, and research leading to a Master of Science in chemistry. The objectives of the graduate studies are to train the students to be creative problem solvers in chemistry, leading to the discovery of new chemical knowledge (the research objective), and to educate the students in the methods of disseminating this information to others (the education objective). To meet these objectives, the department requires broad knowledge of fundamental chemical principles and specialized knowledge of advanced topics in the research area. Course programs are arranged on an individual basis by a faculty advisory committee consisting of the thesis director and two other faculty members. Thirty (30) hours of course, research, and thesis credit are required for the master's degree, with a minimum of 12 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis.

Additional Requirement Information

International Students must meet specific deadlines for admission, as follows: April 1 for fall admission, August 1 for spring (January) admission, and January 1 for summer sessions. All international applications must be sent to the International Education Office and transcripts (mark sheets) will be evaluated. They send the application to the departments to decide on admission. A score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a minimum score of 200 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) are required to admission. All transcripts from foreign institutions are submitted to the Educational Credential Evaluators in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for evaluation.

Assistantships: The department offers graduate teaching assistantships each year. Research assistantships may be awarded for sponsored research in specific areas. Out-of-state tuition may be waived for those with assistantship appointments.

Visit the Master of Science in Chemistry page on the Texas Woman’s University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum GRE score expected is 700 on the verbal and quantitative portions. In addition these general requirements, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires that the application for admission to graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Chemistry hold a bachelor's degree in chemistry, equivalent to a chemistry major offered at Texas Woman's University as described in the General Catalog. An applicant with a bachelor's degree in another discipline may be admitted provisionally until all undergraduate deficiencies are removed.

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